You do realize of course that the china of 2005 has a majority % of their economy driven by unbridled capitalism. Whilst some of the comments and sentiments expressed here were probably true in the past, and may even still be true, I’d be willing to put money on the table that the makers of this game are driven primarily to make a quick buck. Whether its from government support, tapping into a segment of public interest or what, dollars to steamed buns the makers are hoping this sells like hotcakes so they can get their piece of the pie
the two can be combined, in unholy fashion.
This is an important & scary link.
Human remains, taken from executed political prisoners, used in export consumer goods.
This sorta reminds me of a RPG called “The Price Of Freedom”. I never played it, only saw it advertised, in the mid to late 1980s. The premise was this:
- Star Wars had been voted down.
- The USSR had developed their own version.
- The USA was defenceless against Soviet nukes.
- The Reds embarked on an unresisted invasion.
- The players are brave American resistance fighters.
Clearly it wasn’t Government-sponsored but privately produced to make a fast buck or six, but I suspect it may have been tapping into a particular Reaganite political mentality at the time.
Maybe you are being overly sensitive? During the Cold War, how many virtual Russians did you kill? I wonder how many virtual Vietnamese or Middle Easterners have been killed on PCs here in the US.
I wonder why you chose this year, or thereabouts, as Rock bottom?
Oh, maybe because tens of thousands of Chinese were being massacred by invading Japanese forces, starting around 1936. That’s my guess, anyway.
The Japanese invaded Manchuria in 1931 and the Second Sino-Japanese War started in 1937 and ended in 1945. The most notorious Japanese atrocity, the Nanking Massacre, also happened in 1937. What was notable about 1942 other than America entering the conflict a few weeks beforehand?
Your citizenship made me think about a wargame I own : “Divided ground”, which is a tactical wargame about the arab-israeli wars (excellent game that I highly recommand, by the way, but probably difficult to find now as it’s rather old).
Given the extreme tension between Israelis and Palestinians, would selling this game in Israel or in an arab country be an issue too?
Ah, yes. The box had a bald, mustached Soviet-looking general looking to one side, while a bunch of bandana-wearing flag-waving American teens charged from the bottom, IIRC. I thought it was an attempt to do an RPG version of Red Dawn, myself.
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